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Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo | More Disappointment



The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

My Thoughts:

Just when I thought I couldn’t be more disappointed with this series, I read this book.
I didn’t think it could get worse after Siege and Storm but it did, it managed to top Siege and Storm and be the worse in the series.
I had hope for this book, the reviews were amazing (why?!) and so I thought the story would just pick up and blow my mind. WRONG.

My god was this book boring. There were barely any good parts The first part was endless. It was so boring and slow; nothing happened for ages. I honestly don’t know how I finished this book – I guess I just hoped it would get better if I carried on.

The chapters in this book were longer and felt dragged out. I thought the last book felt dragged and full of filler but this one was even worse.  For a book that’s around 350pages, it feels as though it was 500+. It was too much of nothing. It just felt like the author had no idea what to do with this epic story she set up and it honestly went nowhere.

THAT PLOT TWIST – What. Was. That.
No spoilers but it was actually laughable. I literally just stopped reading and was shocked – in the worst way possible. It was ABSOLUTELY ridiculous and I cannot comprehend why anyone would think that was a good idea. It was one of the worst plot twists I’ve ever read.

The ending was awful too.

I AM SO DISAPPOINTED. I expected this trilogy to be so much better for the hype it has.

Is it time for me to stop reading hyped up YA fantasy? Probably.

Alina: Character development WHO? Alina develops into an annoying, weak character. I was SO hoping for some growth from her but nope. Honestly, she spent WAY too much time loving Mal throughout the series and dude is trash? Mal and Alina are so wrong for each other and have zero chemistry – I don’t understand how anyone can honestly ship them? I don’t understand how as the writer you put a couple together and yet write them with no chemistry.

Mal: THIS BITCH. God, I hate Mal. He’s so useless and unnecessary. If he had been removed from the series it would improve by 50%. I honestly do not understand how anyone can like Mal. He’s terrible. Has never been able to deal with the fact Alina is powerful.
WHY try and make him important. He was USELESS for nearly three books and NOW he gets a purpose? NO. No. He cannot be redeemed, it’s too late. He’s forever useless to me.

The Darkling: WHAT HAPPENED. He turned out to be weak and lame. The ending was just too easy. So disappointed.

His absence was the death of this book. He is the best character by far in this series and the book failed without him.

The Apparat: Oh my goodness, this man. I mean most of the characters in this book are annoying but this guy takes the cake.

Rating: 2 Stars

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8 thoughts on “Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo | More Disappointment

  1. No no… don’t give up on YA fantasy. Seriously. If anyone knows me they know I love Ms. Bardugo and like I said on your last post, if I thank fate for anything it is finding SOC/CK before even knowing this trilogy existed. Seriously. Like anything people get better over time. I went back and read my review of one like my second granted ARC (or third?) which was Wicked King (yeah I don’t even know how that happened either) and laughed hysterically, and reposted it, laughing at myself. God knows I go back and read posts from a month ago and wonder if I was drinking… but anyway, no. Don’t give up on YA Fantasy and lord… I don’t remember now but have you read SOC/CK… oh hell please tell me you have and if you haven’t… YOU HAVE TO…. TRUST ME. My car is named Kaz… my license plate says Kaz. Trust and believe. It is ok. But if it wasn’t for this trilogy we wouldn’t have everything that came after and for that alone, it is hollowed territory!

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  2. I felt the same way about this series. I didn’t like any characters besides Mal, haha. I know everyone hates him. I also thought the ending was so anti-climatic! Six of Crows is definitely a lot better.

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  3. Love your review! I read this series after reading six of crows and it feels like these books are written by completely different author. I still have faith in Leigh Bardugo and can’t wait to read Ninth House!!

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